As Mayor Rob Ford moves forward to appeal a court ruling that ordered him out of office, his advisers are reportedly working on a plan to keep the city’s top political post in the family.

A story in Wednesday’s Toronto Star says if Rob Ford isn’t allowed to take part in a byelection, his team wants his brother Coun. Doug Ford to run.

When asked about the report Wednesday morning Doug Ford said: “I’m not denying it.”

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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The report goes on to state that if that happens, Rob and Doug would switch their focus — with Rob making a run provincially and Doug aiming to take over the mayor’s chair.

A judge ruled Monday that Rob Ford broke conflict of interest rules by soliciting and accepting donations for his private football charity from registered city lobbyists. Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland ordered Ford out of office by Dec. 10.

Ford launched an appeal of the decision and a stay on the ousting order so he can remain mayor until the appeal process ends.

The stay will be heard Dec. 5 and his appeal goes to court on Jan. 7, 2013.

Doug Ford calls Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act an “antiquated law.”

On Tuesday, the city’s solicitor Anna Kinastowski informed council Ford wouldn’t be legally allowed to run in a byelection.

The Ford legal team doesn’t agree with Kinastowski’s interpretation of the judge’s order, which forbids Ford from running in “the current term.” Kinastowski said Tuesday she takes the current term to mean 2010-2013.

“The city solicitor’s not the judge. That’s her opinion, as she said. Our solicitor’s telling us something different. At the end of the day, it’s the judge’s decision,” Doug Ford told CityNews on Tuesday. “Rob can run [in a byelection] as far as we understand.”

“If it comes down to it [we’ll] go to the courts or go to the people,” he said.

“We’re rallying the troops, we’re ready to go and we’re going to get out there and speak to the people.”